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5 Slumping MLB Stars Who Will Break Out This Summer

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 02: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds jokes with Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth inning at Great American Ball Park on April 2, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Brewers won 4-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With the All-Star break less than a month away, the second half of the MLB season is slowly creeping into plain sight. For plenty of stars the first half of the year has been kind to them. For others, it's been a brutal struggle just to live up to the hype around their name. These five struggling players will have a big Summer breakout that will carry into the second half.

5. Bryce Harper

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 5: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park June 5, 2019 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres | Denis Poroy

Bryce Harper isn't having a traditional "slump", but he isn't exactly having the season Phillies fans were hoping for. Batting just .250 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs, Harper is one strikeout short of the league-lead with 87. With the Phillies battling the Braves for first in the NL East, Harper needs to step up this Summer. With some offensive improvement, Harper can return to being one of baseball's elite.

4. Yasiel Puig

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 11: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after striking out against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at Oracle Park on May 11, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Reds v San Francisco Giants | Robert Reiners

It's been a rough opening half for Yasiel Puig. Trying to make a good first impression in Cincinnati, Puig is hitting just .213 through 230 at bats. If he can start improving on his average, Puig can help the Reds out of the cellar of the NL Central. His performance over the Summer is likely to be better than what he's produced so far.

3. Jackie Bradley Jr.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04:  Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox bats against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 04, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox v Oakland Athletics | Ezra Shaw

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s .199 batting average isn't getting the job done for the Red Sox. After a solid season last year and a World Series title, Bradley has seriously cooled off at the plate. He can be a key part of Boston's second half push, which will start with a hot Summer. As the MVP of the ALCS last year, Bradley clearly has another gear that he just hasn't kicked into quite yet.

2. José Ramirez

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 03: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on April 3, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians | Jason Miller

After an unreal season in 2018, no one could've expected a slump out of Indians' star José Ramirez. The third baseman batted .270 last year, tallying 39 home runs as well. So far in 2019, Ramirez is batting .198 with only 4 home runs. If he can turn things around this Summer and into the second half of the season, Ramirez will help Cleveland close the gap between them and the AL Central-leading Twins.

1. Jesús Aguilar

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MAY 05:  Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers reacts to a double against the New York Mets during the seventh inning at Miller Park on May 05, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
New York Mets v Milwaukee Brewers | Stacy Revere

Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar is another star experiencing a disappointing turn around from last year. At just .195 and four home runs, Aguilar's batting has suffered a serious drop from the breakout season he had in 2018. As one of Milwaukee's best hitters last season, Aguilar clearly knows how to shine at the plate. With a big Summer and second half, Aguilar can help his team stay among the best in the NL Central.